The Spook’s Mistake by Joseph Delaney

How did I get the book?
Received from the publisher, in an exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Previously reviewed:
The Spook’s Apprentice Book #1
The Spook’s Curse Book #2
The Spook’s Secret Book #3
The Spook’s Battle Book #4

Synopsis:The moment of danger is close. Very soon our enemies will be here.’
As danger increases, the Spook sends his apprentice, Tom, to be trained by another spook whose methods are harsh and tough.
But faced with a powerful water witch, Tom’s new master makes a fatal mistake, leaving Tom to face his enemies alone.
Can the Spook get there in time to save Tom?
Together can they beat such terrible dark power?
And will the Spook’s own mistakes give final victory to the dark?

200words (or less) review: After the previous two books which had me turning the pages frantically The Spook’s Mistake does struggle a bit. Personally I think it could have done with the pacing being a little tighter because it drags a little. Particularly the beginning, the second half of the book is much better than the first.

Despite Tom’s feelings about Bill Arkwright (the other Spook Master Gregory sends Tom to for a six month apprenticeship) I actually liked Arkwright from the beginning. ‘Liked’ is not really the right word, it’s more that Arkwright was very believable.

Bill Arkwright is damaged, he’s depressed, angry and not above taken out his frustrations on Tom, which makes him more convincing than Master Gregory who seems entirely too together given just the handful of secrets we know about him already.

The Spook’s Mistake contains two mistakes. The first, Bill Arkwright’s, is what I first thought the story is about but it’s actually later that Master Gregory does something that I think will come back to haunt him.

While it’s not my favourite book I do think The Spook’s Mistake is an entertaining read and definitely worth investing it.

Recommend it?

Yes

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